I am so psyched for this show I can't put it into words. I have loved the Palace for years (not just because it is in my hometown either ;^). It is a totally first class venue, from the lobby to the minute attention paid to the decor on the walls.
For those taping, the area on the floor under the balcony has problems with muted treble response. Also if you are in the balcony along the side edges there are sometimes probs with standing waves in the lower registers. Otherwise the venue is one of the best in the country...I hope phil keeps coming back to us here (most bands comment during the show how impressed they are with the place and return anyways). Lets hope that taping is allowed at your seats, and not in a tapers section under the balcony, like when SCI came here recently--though they did have a guy in the first row of the balcony taping with a patch that ran down to the section for folks to patch in.
Be kind to the little old ladies who check your tickets...they are still getting used to the folks who come out to these shows. They are always kind to us, but they got a bit run over by fans at phish in '94 and ratdog in '98. The security and staff have our enjoyment as highest priority, though, so a good time will be had by all.
>It is a totally first class venue, from the lobby to the minute attention paid to the decor on the
Yep, well worth the trip by itself...
>but they got a bit run over by fans at phish in '94 and ratdog in '98
Don't know about Phish, but we were there for RD and didn't seem to be too bad.
But your right the decor is way too cool for words to describe. No wonder Phil likes playing there.
http://www.louisvillepalace.com > website has a virtual tour of the place and a view from where you might be seated.
That virtual tour is outstanding! I can imagine what goes on in the VIP room. I wish I could make it down there.
Thank You! Chris Mescia & wonka, you guys sold me on going to see Phil at the Louisville Palace! I live in St. Louis, MO and I will be heading down to Louisville, after I see Phil at The Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO. You guys should come see Phil at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. The decor inside The Fox is magnificent and the sound quality is outstanding. Almost every artist that plays The Fox, comments on how beautiful the place is. For more info on The Fox Theatre, log on to www.fabulousfox.com Peace, Uncle John
Yes, the Palace is first rate, both in scenery and in sound quality. But Headlight, Phil has never played there yet, but I'm sure he will love it!!! BTW, does anyone know what the format of the fall tour will be? i.e. 1 set like last fall or 2 sets. Hopefully it will be 2! See you all at the Palace.
the palace is wonderful. gorgeous. no doubt.
but the big goons with the big maglites....
bring your pipes and do it quickly.
i've seen folks get kicked out for smoking cigs.
Im SOLD! Beth and I will see you all there! i wonder what it looks like when they drop the lights! sweeet
a glowing blue ceiling with twinkles!
I'll be there representing my DC/WV cousins. Look for me under the thick cloud of aromatic smoke and come say high. I want to hook up with some of my 'zone brethren.
I'm so psyched to see the PLQ again!!!! YES!!!!
The entry hallway is really trippy with thousands of 3-D faces looking down from the ceiling. I swear they were babbling to me in some foreign language at the last AB show...
I'm psyched about this show too, of course I live here. I emailed philzone.net last spring and suggested this venue, they wrote back saying they would try to include it this fall, whooo hooo!! You gotta love the internet.
This venue is generally pretty relaxed. While its true there is no smoking allowed in the theater, it happens anyway, just be cool about it. When the ABs play here it turns into a thick fog pretty fast.
For those who have seen the first shows, have you noticed increased security or hassles over taping equipment, etc. I'm wondering if 9/11 will make it more difficult to get things in the show. I've got 2nd row center seats and want to take a camera (no flash of course), but wonder if they'll let me.
So where's the pre and post concert gathering going to be?
See you'all there.
They won't let a camera in, but if one 'gets' in, they don't hassle too bad. If you use a flash, or are super obvious about it (ie. take a pic right in front of a security guard) they might give you grief. I called GDTS TOO and asked them about taping. They said they had complaints about mic stands everywhere on summer tour, and as far they are concerned taping will be only allowed in the tapers section from now on. Kind FOB's will have to be stealthed...c'est la vie. The palace security are ok with people taping from all over, so it might be best to get up into the front center of the balcony and poke some mics over the edge. That is best sounding spot, if you cant put up a stand 5-10 rows center on the floor (the tapers section will be tucked under the balcony). It also will probably keep the phil folks from bugging you (and won't disturb patrons sitting behind you...to help with future complaints) Off to st louis in a few hours...getting psyched!!!
ps. Milo, the faces in the lobby DO babble at you. It is just in Greek ;^)
hey all in louisville, cant wait for the phil show on saturday...if its anything like summer tour, it will be sick...chris hope to see you there man
Hey Now! I'm on my way to Louisville! Excellent show last night at The Fox Theatre in St. Louis! Who ever came to visit me in the 1st Row, I'm sorry I missed you. Maybe we can hook up at tonight's show (Balcony 3, Row L, Seat 3). Got to go, see everyone at the show! Peace! Uncle John
I wonder what effect Kesey's death will have on the setlist tonight. I think The Other One would be in order or just pure psychedelia all night long. Have phun Phil People!!
Have a grate time tonight - I'm so lookin' forward to ThanksgivingPhil in Beantown.
God Rest Ken Kesey I'm sure his spirit will be well in attendance there for y'all tonight,
FURTHUR - YET STILL!
I'd love to see Phil pull out a He's Gone tonight.
I've always wondered why P&F's never
played this staple, and it would be such a fitting tribute to our fallen hero.
Goodbye Ken.. R.I.P. You will be remembered
and honored, for generations to come.
Peace and Love to all.
Like a Rolling Stone >
Mason's Children >
New Speedway >
Here's hoping for a "He's gone" dedicated to Kesey come set two.
Man, on paper, the setlists for the 1st 3 shows look pretty weak, except for 1st set, 1st show.
ALL fall tour setlists seem perfect. Thank you.
anybody have setlist for second set?
You are way too hard to please. The only thing that looks weak to me is the NFA Encore on Friday. Oh well. I guess some things will never change (that's not a bad thing).
Set 2: Passenger> Jam> Uncle John's Band> Black Peter> Other One> Cryptical Envelopment> Jam> Do It In the Road, Casey Jones, Phil deadicates show to Ken Kesey, GDTRFB> Bid U Goodnight E: Box of Rain> Sugaree
Bucky, could you draw up a phantasy setlist for the first set better than what was in fact played? Just to give an idea of what exactly it is that you're looking for...
Wave to the Wind?
to me it looks like every setlist gets better with each show. last night second set must have been really special. i knew phil would give kesey a great sendoff. "lay down my dear brother lay down and take your rest." the bus comes by for me on saturday and i can't wait. i hope the setlists just keep getting better.
This has got to be in the top 3 of my all time favorite shows. I was not really expecting what was thrown at us last nigt. Phil and the gang gave us 110% and then some. Phil looked so happy and the sound was perfect.
I highly recommend that everyone catch a Phil show. This was the best 40.00 I have spent in 2 years.
Passenger - the best passenger I have ever listened too.
casey jones - incredible ending that got faster and faster and faster... they wouldn't stop
box of rain - played perfect.
Show started at 7:45 and ended at 11:25 WOW !
A message to all you older dead heads that have been staying home the last couple years.... Go see Phil, you will not be let down.
No opening act, 2 encores
What did Phil have to say about Kesey?
Passenger(for a bus ride)
Uncle John when life looks like Easy St.
Layin in bed and dyin'... let's go run and see
Cowboy Neal and the other one
Fuckin' in the road to the Beatles
Better watch you speed, trouble ahead
I ain't gonna be treated this a'way..down the road
Lay down my dear brother take your reast
Such a long long time to be gone and a short time to be there
When they come to take you down andlay your poor body down............
Yeah this one was for Ken
Damn!! Looks like Louisville got the shit!! Setlist looks oh so good, hope y'all had fun!!
What a monster....the Palace was rocking from the start (Phil seem surprised by the intensity of the crowd when they walked on) all the way to the end. It was a packed house with tickets being scarce. The Shakedown was quite hot(both inside and outside), and the mason's -> speedway was also terrific. Second set's Passenger was a monster. There was a Scarlet tease for a while after Black Peter. Casey & Bid you g'nite were pretty flawless, and the double encore put the cap on the night.
On a odd aside... All of us sitting in the pit had to give up our ticket stubs for a special bracelet, which kept the pit from being too crowded. The stubs were to be waiting at coat-check after the show. However, there was this old guy who was given the tix and wasn't told who to give them to. He just gave them away to anyone who wanted one. There was a big crowd of us trying to find where the tix went, and this guy says to his boss 'I was told to give them away, so I did...It only took me like 5 mins because there was just this short stack....oh, they were supposed to go to CERTAIN people???'
If any zoners happened to get any of the pit stubs, there are 8 of my friends who would love to get them back (pit1,rowc,1-8). If not, we have these temp bracelets woo,woo.
Have fun on this tour...again it is burning venues up.
To all attending Columbus show: great interview with Phil in "Entertainment Columbus" newspaper, available FREE at corner racks/newsstands/in bars & establishments all over city;Great pump-up for show, and great quotes about Jerry;
The Palace Theater
Show started around 7:50 with a short jam that worked its way into Rolling Stone. This was a nice start, but a little slow for an opener imo. Shakedown followed. This was the hightlight of the first set. Very nice version with Warren playing with his pedels. Dire Wolf way pretty standard, but fun. Mason's rocked with a long jam that slowly led into New Speedway. It looked like Speedway was going to end the set with lights flashing and a loud intence ending. But before it ended Revolution erupted. Not too long but fast.
Intermission: We were sitting in row 2 of lower balcony and went to get a beer at intermission and there were only 2 bartenders which meant it took about 20mins. to get a drink of any kind. Then we spotted the vip lounge. Somehow we ended up in there for intermission. It had it's own bar, pooltable, couches and bathrooms. Got a bit carried away in that room and missed the opening of 2nd set. Was told that it was a hot Passenger. Got back to the seats to see the jam at the end of Passenger. Uncle John's had a long intro and was really fun. Everyone was singin' along. Black Peter was heartfelt. I've never seen this song on a P&F setlist, but it's not listed as a first. Other One was intence, slow, spacy, fast, calm, and furious all at once. Cryptical had some intence vocals. Do It In the Road was ok, nothing spectacular, but some nice jazzy/bluesy jammin'. A fast Casey Jones and Phil said some words about Kesey. I really couldn't hear what he was saying because his mic wasn't on when he first started talking and then the croud was still goin' nuts after Casey Jones. GDTRFB was similer to Casey Jones as far as the tempo. AWBYGN was a perfect ending. Great harmonizing. Box of Rain encore was nice and the fact that it was about 11:05 figured that would end the show. But then, about a 20 min. long Sugeree finished things up. Second show in a row for me that Warren capped the night off with a powerhouse.
Overall, goodtime, good music, good vibes. IMO, not the strongest setlist, but good nonetheless.
Side note: I noticed Jimmy Herring a lot more last night. He does more that I thought. It's nice to notice who's doing what which is much easier in a theater that holds 2200 people. The other Phil show's i've seen have been in outdoor amitheaters that hold around 22000.
Phil was in great form all last night. He took stage with naked wrists (no wristbands tonight!) and continued to see 'just how low you can you go'. The opening jam was delicate and moved easily into Like a Rolling Stone. While the song itself didn't break any sound barriers, the night was only beginning. As the band felt it's way through the tail of it, Phil was counting off something nasty - Shakedown! Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart! It was hope to us all. Now after several rounds of butt-shaking Phil wanted to just roll right into the next song - BUT! Molo wasn't having it! Molo jumps up off his drum kit and rips off his shirt! whew! get comfortable ... it's gonna be a long night. After many ear to ear grins by Phil and the band alike, they pop into a Dire Wolf. yep, Don't murder me, indeed! After zipping it up it was time for business. After pounding the intro around like an iron worker creating steel we got creamed with an adventurous Mason's Children. This had to be my personal favorite of the night. Phil led us >> way out there << and was surprised himself when Warren and Jimmy started tugging it back. ahhh ... the facial expressions alone told you Phil was having phun. After teaching us about outer space the boys bring everything around into one helluva strong New Speedway Boogie. This thing had more *chunk* than the chunkiest chocolate chip you've ever had! Better hope everything is tied down because this here was an earth mover --- which concluded by bringing the shake to a gentle vibrate, Revolution. 'It's alright' ... led us into half-time. As the band filed out of the spotlight, they didn't mutter a word and figured you had to know there was going to be more.
>> a quick "THANK YOU DEWIT" is in order because I received my beautiful shirt overnight, just hours prior to the engagment! I proudly showed my support and cannot thank you enough ... having the shirt on, my wife was able to wear my team phil shirt, #4 from summer that Jill had helped to create. And this led to me actually meeting Jill by her recognizing the shirt! I probably only said, "high" ... but that's to be expected from me when riding Phil's bus. I keep my mouth shut and my ears focused! ha! anyway, it was very nice meeting a fellow, kind 'zoner during half-time which seems to always last a very long time. part II follows:
After the We Bid You Goodnight, Warren walked off wiping his eyes and so were we, not a dry eye in the house....This show was for Ken...I will never forget it!!
As soon as the band took stage, they ripped into Passenger like a man getting a bikini wax - ouch! Without hesitation Jimmy flew right into UJB - literally popping the casing off this one! It was if the band was throwing bulls-eye's and Jimmy was shooting them down ... rapid fire. I have never felt an UJB move so fast and tight. After a screaming opening of both songs, the band tilted back into Black Peter. I know this one probably doesn't make anyone go, "ooohh, ahhhh" but Warren's slide work make this one wet noodle in a bowl full of jello. After making everything 3-D turn into 2-D ... we hear the distinct snap! crackle! pop! of the Other One. Phil was like a German U-boat submarine ... going lower, and lower, and lower. Until! we reached sub-sonic thunderings, rumblings, and earth shattering happenings. He was not letting up, either. Wave after wave of on-slaught, and again and again. This was no bus, this was a frigg'n LOCO motive!!! During the last phase of 'coming around' ... we get steered out of the rampage into Cryptical. As soon as we were drifting, Phil was omitting 'he had to die' and basically got dirty with a squawky Do it in the Road. It was an unbelievable moment which had EVERYONE cheering and having a ball! It seemed as though everyone around me was giving their best 'groove thing shake' to this one and seeing that along made me chuckle through the entire song. After everyone was comfortable about doing it in the road, we hoped aboard the only train that can match speeds with the space shuttle. Casey Jones was reved up so tight the Palace will need a new paint job from the boys peeling it off the ceiling. At this time, Phil brought to our attention that indeed, Ken Kesey had passed and this show was in fact dedicated to him. Phil didn't go on and on about it, just mentioned some kind words and let us know the performance had even more significance.
Hey now! Great to hear Phil and the boys last night in my fair city. Really a great night of music, I thought. The band looked like they were having a lot of fun, which is always wonderful to see. Highlights were many. I thought the "Mason's Children" was the best that I have heard, and ending the first set with "Revolution" was fabulous. "GDTRFB">"We Bid You Goodnight" was a pretty hot, but for me, the high point of the evening was definitely hearing my man Warren do "Sugaree", which had been my hope going into the evening. Thought some of the jams meandered a bit, but when it worked, it was breathtaking. Some truly superb musicianship, especailly the interplay between Jimmy and Warren. And of course, what can you say about Phil that hasn't been said? Best bass player ever, in my book. He seemed a little surprised at how enthusiastic the crowd was, so maybe he will come back again--Louisville needs all of the good shows it can get. Please take a moment today to remember original Allman Brother Berry Oakley, who died in a motorcycle accident 29 years ago today. Eat A Peach For Peace, Ya'll.
At this point, I was wondering if the plug had been pulled and the boys were ready for us to scream for the encore. But no one left the stage and instead just slammed into GDTRFB. I did feel bad, sad, and super glad through this entire song. It was amazing the emotional reach this had on me ... which I can only assume was coming directly from the entire band. Defiant, yet vulnerable to life's whims, this was no ordinary Road. And the peanut butter met the jelly when we were swung gently with the most outstanding We Bid You Goodnight. Heartfelt is only a word, but I'm sure anyone can imagine the heavenly vocals this was given. Warren belted out in ways that made the reptiles cry. After the thin ice was broken and gently restored, the boys retreated backstage. It was an awstruck moment, because I felt like I had seen and been through so much already and yet I knew we were awaiting more. Phil takes the stage, and explains rather excitedly ... "If I knew you liked us this much, we would play here more often!" Come on back anytime Phil! The boys cradle a Box of Rain like a newborn and show you that indeed > Love Will See You Through. And after everything, Warren sticks with the crowd and refused to let us go without, Shaking it ... Sugaree. Ahhh ... Phil has become one helluva story teller and I tell you I felt as though all of life's problems and the solutions to those problems can be found right there with Phil. It was a perfect night, except for the fact that some clue-less employee just randomly hands out the 'pit row' tickets (see above posts) and all I'm left with is memories and a blue wrist band that looks as though I visited the go-go club around the corner. The sound was great, everyone on stage poured out in the biggest way and the mail was delivered First Class. Thank you Rob, Molo, Jimmy, Warren, and ... of course Phil.
Heads-up to all attending Columbus show: great Phil interview in "Entertainment Columbus" newspaper, available free at corner stands, bars & establishments all over the city;great quotes from Phil, including Jerry;
how do you like your blue eyed boy now mr death
great send off for the original prankster
phil thanks kesey for bieng "a beacon of light to us all"
well played a few miscues which is to be expected
serious jamming passanger uncle johns gdtrfb and
beautiful venue i walked right in ticket untouched
and i wasnt the only one lax security in but not outside random illegal searches apleanty
remember louisville summer93
dont ease to close set 1 both nights
so phuture louisville sluggers keep it cool
first p&f show ive seen with more than one or two
lyrical miscues come on guys were professinals
all joking aside GET THIS ONE
p.s. smokin other one>crypt1
what do you call a deadhead in a suit
I am so glad you got the shirt on time-was checking on it all day, and wasn't sure if you had left or not, before it got there.
You guys, the reviews are awesome, thanks for all of the color and the hype. I am chomping on the bit for Lehigh, like you have no idea.
An FYI, heard snippets on the phone of the Chicago show from an undisclosed location. Some amazing stuff there- as usual, it appears the band is better than the last tour. How do they continue to reach new heights consistently, when it seems unfathomable they could ever get better.
Phil and Friends let no one down!! Especially, my wife. We were in Ky staying at the Brown for our anniversary. We had great seats!! For weeks I had to listen to my wife ask me "Do you think that they will play Box of Rain?" When They encored With B of R, She went wild!! Ithought that would be the end of it; now I will spend the rest of my life hearing her ask me "Do you think he heard me?" and " I have a crush on Phil" The palace was celestial! What a show!! Phil and Friends, You blew us away!!
Thank you for the Experience
>>>Bucky, could you draw up a phantasy setlist for the first set better than what was in fact
played? Just to give an idea of what exactly it is that you're looking for...
About the only songs that look 'on paper' like I'd want to hear in the 1st set were Shakedown & Mason's Children.
As for the first 3 shows, enough with the Beatles songs.....
No Viola, St Stephen, Dark Star.
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Louisville was outstanding. Anyone there will tell you the same. Ive been to fifteen PLQ shows this year, this topped them all.
May have been the best show PLQ ever played. Ask any tour-head that got into the Louisville Palace -- they will tell you the same.
You are exactly right Martin this was the best PLQ show I have seen. I cant wait for tonight in my hometown.
The shows were awesome ! I went to St Louis and Louisville. Security in St Louis was lax and in Louisville it was so lax that we all got in on our 9-11 baseball stubs *smiles*
Bucky:You should know by now that the setlists are not a representation of how the show actually was.
One cool thing was meeting Tapecat even if only for 20 seconds and we also met Jill who visited us in the phatty zone between sets.
all in all I wish I were heading to the Ohio shows tonight and I can not wait to hear the tapes of probably the only 2 shows I will see before Ashville and NYE.
I will be travelling up to the show at Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT on the 20th. It will take long bus rides to get there, but it will be my first Phil show. I am pretty excited about it. I was wondering if anyone is going? Or if not, if anyone is familiar with any inexpensive campgrounds in that area? I would appreciate it! I am looking forward to the experience.
You might freeze your nuts off sleeping outside.
It has been as low as the 20's around here at
Lost your addy. Need it to mail your spoils.....
On setlists: Yes, they do matter to some degree.
Look at 4-20-01 or 5-27-00. Most people who saw one of them say it was the best P&F (not PLQ!) show they ever saw. I agree from tapes I've heard...
What do you see on those lists?
Dire Wolf >
Box of Rain >
Stella Blue >
Broken Arrow >
Black Peter >
Built to Last?
No, you see?
The Other One
Help > Slip > Franklin's
Blues for Allah
Here Comes Sunshine
All big jam oriented songs.....
There's only so much you can get out of a Dire Wolf.....
bucky - Don't Murder Me! get it? it was relative and strongly felt at the Palace. Sometimes, it's just about the lyrics. And we did get a big 'ol Other One > Cryptical. plus, 420 has the Dire Wolf in it, with GDTRFB, Casey Jones. And we received the New Speedway Boogie and Do it in the Road from 5-27-00. If Dark Star was in place of Black Peter you would have sworn this was the finest Phil show ever. The Eleven and Help>Slip!>Franks were already played previously and I don't consider Blue Sky a BIG JAM song ... what's left? Dark Star. That's it. In place of HCS we got twisted with Mason's Children!!! c'mon bucky, admit it > unless phil busts out the Dark Star it wasn't up to your expectations. here's to hoping you get your Dark Star bucky - phil's saving it for you!
"Sometimes, it's just about the lyrics"
Jams speak louder though! ... I'm sorta inclined to agree with Bucky here, but more than willing to change my mind if/when I hear the tapes
5-27-00-One of the best shows I have ever seen anyone play, anywhere, EVER!
Jams speak louder though! >
... man, I shouldn't need to explain this, of course everyone is interested in the jams ... let's just say I had a really great time and I'm not trying to convince anyone that this was THE show or anything. simply, if you went ... I'm sure you enjoyed yourself. New York always ends up with some rockers and I'm sure phil is saving a little until he gets there. have fun!
>You might freeze your nuts off sleeping outside.
It has been as low as the 20's around here at
Don't be a wimp. I've camped out in 2 feet of snow, 20 below zero, with a giant puddle in the tent. Sure, it sucked and I complained the whole time, but... what was I arguing about again?
>>>unless phil busts out the Dark Star it wasn't up to your
expectations. here's to hoping you get your Dark Star bucky - phil's saving it for you!
"So let it be written, so let it be done"
Honestly, I've seen lots of great P&F shows without Dark Star. But 10-15-00 was the only one that ranks up there which didn't have either Dark Star, St Stephen, The 11, TOO or Help/Slip/Franklins in it. And that show had a horn player & a Playin' equal to a Dark Star.....
No Viola either.
13 shows, SIX St Stephen (I'm not complaining), 5 Help > Slip > Franklins, 5 Elevens, NO Viola's.
My friend's going to his 1st one tonight, & he's getting Viola.
As previously mentioned several times before this post--sweet show! Thanks Phil!
Check out my photos from the show and listen to 'Revolution' and the smokin 'Passenger' that kicked the doors down to open the second set.
Thanks for the photos and snippets of music Steve. Your tape sounds awesome. Can't wait to get a tape of this whole show!!
I've got a few floor photos too that I'll post soon.
Steve- Thanks for the sounds, just makes me more anxious to see the boys. I can't wait much longer- Anyone have an extra Albany?
All I have to say is, Phil loves you just the way you are!!!!
Phil you never cease to amaze me. The show at the Louisville Palace Theatre on Saturday night was out of this world! Once again Phil Lesh & Friends blew me away! P&F is the hottest touring act on the road today! I have never heard Casey Jones played like that before. The way the boys speeded the song up at the end was unbelievable. WBYGN was sung the way it should be, nice and long. Not like the two minute version the Dead used to do. The two Beatles songs sounded kick ass! (Phil were you ease-dropping in on me, on my way down to Louisville via STL, because I was listening to The White album in the car)? Phil, thank you for a real good time! Peace! Uncle John
Louisville 11/10/01: Length: 72’/102’ Rating: 4.5 Palace Theatre rivals or exceeds the Fox for opulence and spendor. Similar blue backlit sky with stars. The side of each stage was not symmetrical - one had ramparts, one had a doorway. First, missed out on sighseeing, as we forgot about the 1 hour time zone loss on the way in. Security much more uptight outside, at the door, and inside. One obnoxious female staffer in blue took it as her mission to root out and roust every taper outside the official section, which was in the back corner beneath a 7’ ceiling from where the speakers could not even be seen. My seat was about 18th row, in front of the left speaker stack. This show got off to a very slow start, with vague tuning for 2 or 3 minutes leading to a very disorganized Rolling Stone, with very muddy sound at low volume. The first set continuing in this uninspired vein, even the Shakedown was weak, not continuing on but stopping. The Mason’s-New Speedway had a few moments of attempted brilliance, but fizzled into a weak Revolution for a short 69’ set. The second set jumped into Passenger immediately, suffering from the same lack of sound presence and musical energy. The sound system continued the awful buzzing evident the first 2 shows. The speakers were on the stage, instead of hung from above, probably since the theatre didn’t have a place to hang them from structurally. The set continued to roll quickly through Uncle John’s, Black Peter, The Other One, all played appropriately for Ken Kesey, who passed away that morning, but with very little improvisory exploration or musical energy. The set then took a real nose dive into Do It In the Road, a throwaway song at best, whether by the Beatles, GD or PLQ, in this case, coupled with an obnoxious late 2nd set Casey Jones, a real set killer. All of this was less than an hour of music. The Goin Down the Road into Bid You Goodnight, played nicely but again with little energy, returned at least to the Kesey tribute theme to close a very short 78’ second set. The Box-Sugaree double encore was anticipated, to make up time-wise, but continued the energy-less theme. I have to believe Phil and the others were pretty sad about Kesey’s passing, considering his iconic influence on all that is GD-dom. They played as they felt. I can only say I experienced probably my least favorite full PLQ show ever (discounting the Little Feat/Dylan partial set summer ’00 tour). Jill enjoyed the show and venue much more than I did, although I did get to explore this place more than St Louis. I met others who did the whole tour who felt this was their favorite of the tour. Oh well, opinions are like assholes . . .